Whether from a rainstorm, hailstorm, or snowstorm, water is bound to reach the surface of your roof many times over the course of its lifespan. While water exposure isn’t a big deal for modern roofing, there are factors that can make water damaging to your roof. Unfortunately, water damage can escalate quickly and become a roof leak, requiring extensive Denver roof repairs.
If the thought of dealing with a leaky roof has you feeling stressed out, don’t worry. There are several steps that you can take to prevent water damage to your Denver roof, as well as throughout your home.
Your home’s gutter system works to properly drain water off of your roof whenever there’s a storm. If your gutters become clogged due to a buildup of debris, they’ll start to leak. Gutter leakage can also be caused by gutter damage, and it creates a risk of water damage to your roof and home. By cleaning your gutters periodically, especially after the fall and spring seasons, you can prevent gutter clogs that may lead to roof water damage.
Some circumstances can lead to a pool of water that remains stagnant on your roof. This mainly occurs on flat roofs; due to the lack of slope in a flat roof, water often won’t drain properly from its surface. However, pooling water can also occur as a result of poor design in a sloped roof. Ice dams can also cause pooling water in the winter, as melted snow can get stuck behind an ice dam and sit on the surface of your roof.
As far as ice dams go, proper roof insulation and ventilation are the best ways to avoid them. Insulation and ventilation will even out the surface temperature of your roof, meaning that ice dams will be less likely to form. If ponding water keeps appearing on your roof for reasons other than an ice dam, reach out to your Denver roofing company. The structure of the roof may need to be altered to avoid future water damage.
Many homeowners delay Denver roof replacements. It’s undoubtedly a major expense, and the process of getting a new roof installed can seem like a hassle. However, once your roof has reached the end of its lifespan, the materials will likely be worn out. Wear and tear on roofing materials is inevitable and will decrease your roof’s resistance to water damage.
So, if you’re nearing or have already reached the end of your roof’s lifespan, contact your Denver roofers. They’ll start by inspecting the roof to confirm that it’s time to replace it. By replacing your roof on time, you’ll prevent a roof leak, which could lead to costly damage inside of your home.
Water damage to your roof can take a number of different forms. Also, ranging in severity, water damage may not also be apparent on your roof. So, it’s wise to schedule periodic inspections with your Denver roofing company. Roofing professionals will be able to identify even the earliest signs of water damage and implement solutions to avoid a full-blown leak.
The main signs of roof water damage include:
The roof decking is made of wood and located directly beneath the shingles on your roof. Since roof decking is wooden, it’s highly susceptible to water damage. If water reaches the decking and doesn’t promptly dry out in the sun, it will start to rot the wood. The decking may feel soft or spongy to the touch.
As the outermost layer of your roof, shingles are often the first thing to be impacted by water damage. Prolonged exposure to moisture may cause shingles to crack or curl. Additionally, if you own an asphalt roof, missing granules is a key sign that your roof is vulnerable to water damage.
If water leaks through your roof and into your home, you may start to notice water stains on your walls and ceilings. This excess moisture can also cause mold to grow in the walls and ceilings of your home.
To schedule Denver roof repairs for water damage, contact All Seasons Exteriors today.